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Crafting Comfort: Shop the Newest Collections from
West Bros Furniture

Step into the realm of timeless elegance with West Bros Furniture's exquisite solid wood creations. For the past 20 years, they’ve been crafting unparalleled pieces right here in North America, and we’re so thrilled to have some of their best-selling collections on display in our showroom. 

From rustic vibes that feel like a cabin in the woods to city-chic designs inspired by the skyline, there's something for every taste. Scroll down for some of the most popular West Bros collections this season, and for a sneak peek at the much-anticipated Corsa Collection!

BRAND NEW Corsa Bedroom Collection

This new line is made from white oak and features soft close drawers, coin trays and joinery details. Standard finishes are available in Weathered Oak and Noir Oak, as well as any other available finish. Stay tuned - this modern and luxe collection will be hitting our showroom floors in the next few weeks!

Browse the pieces:
Corsa Night Table
Corsa Chest of Drawers
Corsa Panel Headboard Bed
Corsa 6 Drawer Dresser


Strada Bedroom Collection

Timeless and modern, with a variety of oak wood tones - this collection is where comfort meets style.  

Browse the pieces:
Strada 6 Drawer Dresser
Strada Bedside Chest
Strada Upholstered Panel Bed


Fulton Dining Collection

A popular choice for our clientele: this collection is handcrafted from solid white oak and available in two standard finishes, Sand and Pewter. Rustic and stylish - that’s how we’d describe this exquisite collection. 

Browse the pieces:
Fulton Dining Table
Fulton Sideboard


Hayden Bedroom Collection

Inspired by “American Shaker furniture” - this contemporary collection is crafted in solid White Oak and includes the option to add “ribbon stripped” panels to create an aesthetic two-tone effect.

Browse the pieces:
Hayden Poster Bed
Hayden Master Dresser
Hayden Bedside Chest


Phase Bedroom Collection

Inspired by classic modernist architecture, this collection features a mix of solid walnut pieces to create an inviting and warm bedroom space.  

Browse the pieces:
Phase Nightstand
Phase Dresser
Phase Bed

Come explore the artistry and sophistication firsthand of the collections from West Bros Furniture in our showroom this season, or set up a private appointment with one of our design experts. We can’t wait to see you! 


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Deck the Halls: A Holiday Collaboration between
AK Design & Once A Tree

Deck the Halls: A Holiday Collaboration between <br>AK Design & Once A Tree

When you step into our store this season, you’ll quite literally be immersed in our holiday-inspired furniture setup, designed in collaboration with the team from AK Design

Our special holiday display is a combination of "Classic English Yuletide" meets "Charlie Brown Christmas”. 

Every piece in this immersive display tells a story of comfort, elegance, and the spirit of Christmas - and you might just recognize this festive display from Vancouver’s quintessential holiday event: Homes For The Holidays.

We had a blast working with the AK Design team, to create a variety of luxe pieces that celebrate this season in high style. Scroll down for a sneak peek, and come visit us in person for a closer look. 

Our built to order Paddy K Dining Table paired with Mila Dining Chairs and Accent Cidra Chair


Billie Sofa


Our built to order Olive Coffee Table


Customized Caine Cocktail Ottoman

If you have any questions about any of these pieces you can connect to set up a personal appointment in store, or simply pop by our showroom. 


Happy holidays!



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Our Team's Top Picks For The Season

The holiday season is in the air and our team is in love with this season’s additions to our luxury furniture collections. 

Our newest collections include everything from wooden dining tables to ultra-comfy sectionals to stylish cocktail tables. Every piece has the potential to transform your space into a haven of modern sophistication. 

Scroll down to discover our team's favorite pieces from this season! 

Andrew Smayda, Design Consultant

Top Pick: Ryan Sectional

My pick is the Ryan sectional…The look and comfort of this deep seating is perfect for a media room or a Whistler Chalet with a roaring fireplace and hot toddy.

The price point makes it a best seller!

Les Nelmes, Sales Manager

Top Pick: Logan Sectional by Marc Antonio Designs

I love the NEW Logan Sectional. I find it super welcoming with its generously rounded edges, elegant curves, and soft neutral palette. To top it off, it’s Canadian-made and available in hundreds of fabrics and leathers.

Patty Isada, Design Consultant

Top Pick: Martina Table from Once A Tree Studio Collection

Love the oval shape & detailing of our new Martina table. The reverse bevelled edge and fluting details are right on point.

Noreen Wiwcharyk, Design Consultant

Top Pick: Andrew Table from Once A Tree Studio Collection

The new Andrew dining table is a winner. So easy to gather a large group around. The curve of the double pedestal base and the dark finish are stunning. Plus you can order it in your preferred size.

Tracey Mills, Visual Merchandiser

Top Pick: Theo Sectional 

Bold. Dramatic. Distinctive - that’s how I would describe Theo. I love that it’s made in Canada and is available in a vast array of rich textures and classic weaves, like Casablanca (as shown). 

Head over to our website and explore our fabulous collection, or take a closer look with a visit to our showroom: 292 West 3rd Avenue, Vancouver, BC! You can also book a private appointment with a member of our team. Hope to see you soon! 

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Photo via Vanguard Furniture

Introducing Form by Vanguard Furniture, a collection of incredibly sophisticated dining tables, modern arm chairs, and elegant buffets, now available in our showroom.

What you’ll love about this collection? Vanguard is known for designing furniture that feels fluid and organic, with curved landscapes of shape layered with authentic wood grains. This collection is the definition of refined elegance. Each and every item in this Vanguard collection is a work of art featuring oak veneers, honed marble, woven Lampakanay, wire brushed ash solids, and metal accents.

The use of the curves in this collection gives it a calming, organic feel. Vanguard is a  simple line, that has the ability to connect us to the outdoors.”- Les Nelmes, Sales Manager, Once A  Tree Furniture

Here are a few of the beautiful pieces from this collection, currently available in our showroom:

Form Buffet With Wood Doors

Form Dining Table

Form Console

Each of these pieces is available in a variety of organic finishes, to bring a harmonious and balanced feeling into your living space. As one of the exclusive carriers of Vanguard Furniture in Vancouver, consider this your official invitation to explore the Vanguard collection up close. Visit our showroom located at 292 West 3rd Avenue, or book an appointment for a private consultation with our team.

You can also connect with us:

Instagram @onceatreefurniture 

Pinterest @OnceATree 

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Photo via Provoke Studios

Take a tour through this beautiful interior design project from Lori Steeves of Simply Home Decorating - showcasing the best of both coasts! This stunning 9000 square foot home located on Prince Edward Island combines Lori’s modern, west coast design aesthetic with the traditional, east coast architectural bones of the home – for a stunning result. Also featured? Curated decor and furniture from Canadian small businesses and artisans including custom-made furniture from us at Once A Tree! The OAT team has been collaborating with Lori for over 10 years now, and this was a particularly special project for us as 80% of the furniture and lighting was sourced from Once A Tree and our team had the opportunity to travel and work first-hand on the install in P.E.I! 

As with every project she takes on, Lori went to great lengths to source and design pieces specific to the clients’ taste and style (which was a mix of “old farmhouse” and “sleek and modern”). For this project, we worked with Lori to source a variety of unique pieces like the Austin Cocktail Table Set from Arteriors Home, Jade Chair from Once A Tree, the Genesis Rug from Jaipur Living, and customized furnishings to her clients’ liking – including this Tully Sofa from Lee Industries, Jackson Coffee Table from our very own STUDIO collection, and Aaron Chair from American Leather. And the media took notice! Lori’s project was featured in a highly coveted 12-page spread in the Summer Edition of Style at Home as well as in its French counterpart Décormag

Scroll through some of the highlights, captured by Provoke Studios, to see why this project was met with great acclaim. 

“What is truly unique about OAT is that I am able to design custom pieces that they can build for me in addition to them supplying from their large number of vendors. I can also have them customize their wide range of studio designs to suit our client’s needs.” - Lori Steeves

Sales Manager Les Nelmes with Lori Steeves of Simply Home Decorating 

Design partnerships are the heart of our business here at Once a Tree.  

Learn more about how this stunning home came together over on Lori’s design blog, and follow us on Instagram to see more of the designer collaborations we’ve been a part of. 

PS: If you’re interested in collaborating on a upcoming design project, please connect with our Sales Manager, Les Nelmes to get started on bringing your vision to life:

Photos via Provoke Studios

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Luxurious outdoor living + summer entertaining

If you’re looking for simple ways to transform your backyard into an oasis this summer, take a look at our new collection from Bernhardt. From stylish sofas to chic tables, a beautiful new piece may be all it takes to elevate your outdoor space. 

Below are a few photos from our summer entertaining collections; pop by our showroom to get a closer look.

Featured: Catalonia Sofa, Catalonia Chairs, Kai Cocktail Table and Casitas Accent Tables.

Photo credit: Bernhardt

Featured: Ibiza Sofa, Ibiza Chair & Catalan Accent Table  

Photo credit: Bernhardt

Featured: Solana Sofa, Origami Chairs, Rochelle Cocktail Table & Rochelle Side Tables.

Photo credit: Bernhardt

Featured: Maldives Swivel Chairs & Catalan Accent Table.

Photo credit: Bernhardt 

Visit us in Vancouver to get a closer look at all of the above outdoor furniture pieces and more. If you would like personal shopping support, we are happy to arrange that, please contact us today. Our showroom is located at 292 West 3rd Avenue. 


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Art that speaks for itself: meet 3 of our newest showroom artists

If you’ve popped by our new showroom in Mount Pleasant lately, you’ve likely been captivated by the gorgeous artwork on the walls. 

Let us introduce you to three new artists we carry. We’re both inspired by, and incredibly proud to display art by, the following: Anthony Valin, Yasmeen Strang, and Suzanne Summersgill

Anthony Valin

Known for his beautiful plaster work and mold-making techniques, Anthony’s art is both timeless and modern. Based out of Toronto, Anthony has over 18 years of experience in the industry and is known for making bespoke pieces for interior design projects. 


Instagram: @anthonyvalinstudios 

Yasmeen Strang

Shown above are two beautiful photos from Yasmeen’s Apoptosis series which was inspired by a quote Yasmeen stumbled upon by Nobel Prize winning author and activist, Olga Tokarczuk. Yasmeen lives and works in beautiful BC, and worked for years on assignment in the USA, Canada, and Africa before turning her lens to fine art photography.


Suzanne Summersgill

With her knowledge of colour, pattern and texture, Suzanne specializes in creating illustration paintings that focus on earth themes and the environment. The painting above evokes a visceral exploration of the sense of place, and was inspired by the abandoned houses near Ashcroft, BC.


Instagram: @pinnstudio 

Each of these pieces of art tells a unique story that can only be truly experienced in person. You’re welcome to come and explore our current art collections at 292 West 3rd Avenue, Vancouver BC.

For more inspo, connect with us here:

Instagram @onceatreefurniture 

Pinterest @OnceATree 

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Fashion-inspired design: introducing Interlude

We are excited to announce that we’re now carrying a fabulous line - Interlude Home

Known for their fashion-inspired furniture, each Interlude piece is designed with exquisite details and textures – think soft leather, amazonian marble, warm woods like walnut and ash, and metals like satin brass finished steel. 

Below are a few photos of the pieces we have in the Showroom and a sense of why we love Interlude.

When you visit our store, you can make yourself comfortable on the exquisite sofettes, or the gorgeous curved sectionals. As well, Interlude offers some of the most beautifully designed counter stools, side tables and dining chairs we’ve seen. And, we also have their famous Phillippe Sheep Sculpture in store. 

Scroll down for a visual sneak peek.

Montaigne Nightstand

Martine Sofette 

Nuage Soffette 

Creed Dresser 

Philippe Sheep Sculpture 

The backstory? This Phillippe Sheep Sculpture is Interlude’s signature piece, and if he looks familiar, that’s because he is inspired by the French designer Francois-Xavier Lalanne’s work. Lalanne famously said "the supreme art is the art of living" – and we think that’s the perfect start to exploring Interlude’s artful pieces.

As the only store carrying Interlude in Vancouver, we’d love to invite you to come by to explore this line in person - each piece is available in a number of different finishes. 

Our team is ready to give you a personal tour! 

You can also connect with us:

Instagram @onceatreefurniture 

Pinterest @OnceATree 

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A New Beginning-Home at Last.


Creating a new concept for a Vancouver design establishment with over 40 years of rich history is no easy feat, but owner Daphne Nielsen felt that after celebrating the stores 40th anniversary last year - now is the perfect time to introduce a new Once a Tree Furniture. 

Located in the heart of Mount Pleasant, this new location is more than just a retail store. The promise is to deliver an open, accessible, and dynamic environment (no by-appointment shopping here!). The mission is to showcase the best of the design world, foster the design community and nurture inspiration. Centrally located at 292 West 3rd Avenue, the new concept opened its doors in mid-December. 

To share more about Once A Trees evolution, read on for a Q&A with owner Daphne Nielsen and sales manager Les Nelmes in conversation with Victoria McKenney of Enviable Designs. The next iteration of Once A Tree Furniture is here and we are excited to share a sneak peek with you! 

Daphne and Les in the New Showroom

Victoria: Do you ever think back to your days as a kid in your parents store on Fraser Street? What would your Mom and Dad think if they could see you now?

Daphne: I think theyd be blown away - we started as an unfinished furniture store! People would come in and buy a piece or two at a time and take them home to finish themselves.

Today we are working with designers all over North America creating dream homes that have been expertly designed. In addition to our work in Vancouver we have furnished complete homes in New York, Phoenix, Hawaii, Palm Springs, Beverly Hills, Seattle as well as in all the major Canadian Cities. We take great pride in helping designers to realize their vision. 

Here are some examples of our talented local designers curated visions.

Office Image


Bedroom image


Living Room


Victoria: So let’s talk about Vancouver. How have the changes Vancouver has experienced influenced your business over the years?

Daphne: Vancouver has grown up. It has become much more sophisticated. In turn so have we. The designer and the consumer want and expect more from us today.  We have taken on that challenge and provide inspiration through our curated product line.  It’s important to us that we are always evolving and our new store I feel is a shining example of that.

Exterior store front


Victoria: I imagine it is not easy to satisfy an interior designer. Can you tell me how that community influences the way you do business?

Les: The truth is, if we can satisfy the needs of our designers, we can meet the needs of any customer. We keep our eyes on the design community to help us anticipate their needs. We follow their social media platforms and review their websites regularly. This keeps us up-to-date on what they are looking for and how they are styling. With our new store, the idea is to offer new and interesting product and our goal is to change these collections up regularly. We want to keep it fresh. We also believe that as a business we need to engage with these designers. We brainstorm regularly about how we can add value beyond just a great collection of home decor products. We are always looking for ideas, if you have any please let us know! And as you know, we believe most in partnerships. We want the designers to grow their businesses, and we want to be a part of that success.

Victoria: This is where I can attest, I love the way you support me.  The fact that we were able collaboration to develop “Namesake” our line of Custom designed, locally made furniture and have it so prominently displayed in your showroom is so great

Les: No question. There is a fabulous pool of talent in Vancouver, and we are always looking for opportunities to take advantage of it. We are super proud our partnership with you and the end result, the Namesake” line of furniture, is something very special.

Bedroom Image


Victoria: How has the digital world changed the home decor business?

Les: I think the digital world has changed the industry so much. Taking business online makes it much easier for customers to shop.  It is really easy to get inspiration and it is a fantastic starting point.  I truly believe that one still needs a brick and mortar showroom to pull everything together. Its important to see the different finishes on different woods, to understand the difference between solid and veneer construction, to feel the different textures of different fabric and then to see how all these come together. We have an extensive library of samples and put together storyboards regularly for our clients. This is the type of customer service that is really hard to do online.


Victoria: I know Once a Tree offers more that just home decor. What is it about the new store that represents that intangible value?

Daphne: We are constantly looking for how we can do MORE. More is our promise.  And it doesnt just relate to the product we offer. We are committed to asking for and fulfilling the needs of our design community. There is nothing I like better than when we get an email from a client thankful for the experience. I LOVE IT!!

Victoria: Well that was fun. I am so excited for you guys.


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Our Biggest Sale of the Year is Almost Here: ‘Fall’ in Love With These Furniture Pieces for Your Home

By now, all of us are familiar with pandemic related delays due to supply chain issues affecting every sector across the board. The furniture industry is no different. While we are starting to see things *slowly* pick up, it’s no secret people have been waiting months and months for everything from manufacturing to shipping of new furniture.

At Once A Tree, we are extremely proud of our made-in-Canada STUDIO Collection. Featuring furniture that’s designed and made locally in Vancouver, we’ve luckily been able to skip a lot of the months-long wait times for furniture to be made and delivered. In fact, with a lead time of twelve weeks, it’s a great option for those looking to refresh their home in time for fall, and the holiday season.

Ready for more good news? We’re gearing up for one of our biggest sales of the year: our Special Order Event, which is coming your way in just a couple of weeks. Starting on October 13th, we’ll be offering limited-time only discounts on our custom furniture line, special markdowns on in-stock pieces (that are available to take home right in time for the holidays!), and additional deeply discounted furniture pieces and accessories to update your home that simply won’t last.

If you’re one of ‘those people’ who are tired of the months-long delays for new furniture, visit us at 750 SW Marine Drive for a peek at some gorgeous pieces that are in stock and available to take home today! Plus, keep your eyes peeled for our Special Order Event coming soon, and sign up for our e-newsletter to be the first to know when the sale starts in October!

On that note, our owner, Daphne, has rounded up some of her favourite furniture pieces for fall and ready-to-purchase looks available in store below. Mark your calendars for our Special Order Event on October 13th, and get inspired to refresh your home without waiting months to do it. 

Upgrade your living room sectional with the Kaylee Sectional (Regular price: $7,710, Sale price: $6,180)

Fall is all about getting warm and cozy with a favourite book (or current binge-worthy Netflix show), blanket, and a cuppa tea. To do this, we recommend a luxurious sectional to help you take full advantage.

Sleek, comfortable, and cozy, our Kaylee Sectional is designed for any aesthetic. We currently have this minimalist sectional available for purchase in custom upholstery from our OAT Studio Collection. Or, if you’re interested in customizing it, visit us in store to choose from a wide selection of leathers and fabrics. Either way, we guarantee memorable movie nights ahead in your future! 

Switch up the mood and tone with our made-in-Canada Jules Six-Drawer Chest (Regular price: $3,190, Sale price: $2,552)

Add a more formal touch to your living room or bedroom with a darker aesthetic for fall. Darker colours never fail to add a touch of drama to a space, and our Jules Collection is no different. Made by Huppé Furniture, a Canadian company, this furniture collection is made from solid wood and selected oak veneer - and there’s a piece for every purpose, from a six-drawer chest to a two-drawer nightstand, and more!

Balance out the darker furniture with some lighter coloured accessories (like our Glace Lamp and Signature Oval Boxes) for eye-catching contrast and enjoy a refreshed space that evokes class and elegance! 

Small space? No problem with the Sloane Sofa! (Regular price: $3,845, Sale price: $2,690)

Mid-century lovers, rejoice! Our gorgeous Sloane Sofa by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams is in stock, on sale, and ready for your home. Perfectly sized to fit in a smaller space, this timeless and comfortable sofa is the epitome of modern comfort.

Featuring a distinctive profile accented by delicately shaped tapered legs, we have two Sloane Sofas in stock in a soft textured weave fabric for a neutral look that will never go out of style. 

Update your bedroom with our Canadian-made Winston Bed (Regular price: $3,960, Sale price: $3,168)

Did you know, you spend approximately one-third of your life asleep!? It’s one of the reasons we are big fans of a neutral-themed bedroom that is both calming and soothing, but that also adds the perfect amount of interest by combining different textures and accessories. 

We love the way this premium cotton and linen bedding from the Montauk Collection by Au Lit Fine Linens looks on our made-in-Canada Winston Bed! Featuring oversized, textured throw pillows that you can easily switch with each season, this bedroom is luxurious enough to lounge in whether you’re a night owl or a morning person. Complete the look with dramatic wall decor - like these Dual Tone Plates - for a bold, but neutral bedroom update that is anything but boring! 

Bring people together with the Carson Sectional (Regular price: $10,800, Sale price: $8,640)

Whether you’re setting up for a family movie night or retreating to your living room for a nightcap, the Carson Sectional by Mitchell Gold + Bob William will not disappoint. Modern, super-comfortable, and versatile, this oversized sectional features a relaxing angle to recline in, and extra wide cushions for added comfort. 

Take our Carson Sectional home today and enjoy cozy fall evenings in front of the fireplace like never before! 

Whether you are looking to refresh your home for fall, working on a home renovation, or need help on a custom furniture design for your home, let our team help you discover the perfect piece to bring your home dreams to life. Follow us on Instagram @onceatreefurniture and Pinterest @OnceATree for more design inspiration, or sign up to our e-newsletter today for more details on our new OAT DESIGN STUDIO location opening this October!

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